Judge Nap: If U.S. Forces Enter Nigeria, It's the 'Legal Equivalent of an Invasion'
As the tense situation continues in Nigeria, a small team of U.S. soldiers is expected to arrive to assist in the efforts to find hundreds of schoolgirls kidnapped by Islamic terrorists. The team will be composed of roughly 10 uniformed soldiers from AFRICOM headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany.
They will be logistics and communications experts who will assess the situation and advise Nigerian officials, according to Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren, who said the U.S. military has no plans to carry out a rescue mission.
The team is part of a larger U.S. contingent that includes officials from the FBI and the departments of Defense, Justice and State. The total number of U.S. personnel is not expected to exceed 20 members.
The French government said Wednesday it would send security service agents to help track down the Boko Haram terror group and its hostages. They are thought to be hiding in abandoned military bunkers inside the remote Sambisa Forest -- eight times larger than Yellowstone National Park and full of poisonous snakes
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Judge Andrew Napolitano sat down with Steve Doocy to assess the legal ramifications of United States forces going into Nigeria. He explained that even though his "heart bleeds" for the kidnapped girls and he believes President Obama's "heart is in the right place," there are concerns when it comes to sending U.S. troops.
Napolitano warned of "unintended consequences," saying there is no treaty that makes it legal for U.S. forces to enter Nigeria and the government there has not requested such action. The judge said he believes "it establishes a terrible precedent" for the U.S. to be getting involved in a domestic police situation, no matter how serious the crime.
"If we enter Nigeria - absent an invitation from the government - it's the legal equivalent of an invasion, whether we send the NYPD, the FBI, the CIA or Special Ops," said Napolitano.
Watch the full discussion above and check back daily on Fox News Insider for all of Judge Nap's analysis.